World Championship Rumors
In addition to his new title with the Heat, Battier was named last month to USA Basketball’s Junior National team selection committee. He played for the World Championship team in 2006 that won the bronze medal. “It’s a huge honor,” Battier said. “I take the responsibility very seriously to keep USA Basketball on top.”
FIBA on Sunday celebrated 1,000 days to go to the Basketball World Cup 2019 in China with a special event at Beijing’s Wukesong Culture & Sports Centre, where former China international and global icon Yao Ming was unveiled as the competition’s first ambassador. On hand for this milestone event were a number of distinguished guests, including China’s Vice Minister of Sports, Mr Gao Zhidan; the Vice Secretary General of Beijing Municipal Government, Mr Jiang Fan; members of the China 2019 Local Organising Committee (LOC), officials from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and representatives from the eight host cities as well as FIBA Partners. They were joined by FIBA Chief Operating Officer Markus Studer and FIBA Media and Marketing Services (FMMS) Director General Frank Leenders. Yao Ming – who achieved stardom by representing China’s national team at two FIBA Basketball World Cups and three Olympic Games, as well as by leading his country to three FIBA Asia Cup titles – spoke of the immense pride he feels in being an ambassador for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in his homeland.
“First off all Coach K and Gregg Popovich are two my favorites of all time,” James said. “To be able to play for Coach K in the Olympics and world championships and to be able to go against Coach Pop in the NBA, it would be a treat. Obviously my body has to continue to be in the form that it is today four years from now.”
As reported by El Mundo Deportivo, Spanish NT has been suspended from Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro and from the next World Championships by FIBA. The suspension comes because of the support that ACB has given to Euroleague. Spanish NT qualified for the Olympics Games winning the last European Championship in France but now they can’t play in the tournament.